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The new social network

A man sits outside a café in North Carolina. His wife, in Paris, calls him and tells him she would like to have lunch. He puts on a pair of eyeglasses and presses a button. Then, suddenly, she is sitting across the table from him. He gets up and sits next to her, and she…

An oath to military service

Matthew Braswell has long known he was called to service. Raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, the son of two teachers, Braswell said his parents stressed that whatever career he chose to pursue should be one that helps people. After attending UNC-Chapel Hill as an undergraduate, Braswell looked for a way to combine his desire to…

UNC-Chapel Hill student and alumnus among first cohort of Schwarzman Scholars

Larry Han, a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Max Seunik, a 2015 Carolina alumnus, have been named recipients of the inaugural Schwarzman Scholars program award, an elite China-based scholarship modeled after the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and founded by American financier and Blackstone Co-Founder and CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman.…

Harvesting a new landscape

You are what you eat – that’s what Mom always said to nudge us into making healthy food choices. Now Mom has a new ally: The Carolina campus itself is providing an innovative way to encourage people to eat healthily. The concept, known as edible landscaping, mixes food-producing and ornamental plants in the natural landscape.…

ALS won’t stop Reznick from making the world a better place

The disease took control of UNC-Chapel Hill psychology professor Steve Reznick’s right ring finger in early summer of 2013. He couldn’t lift it. It affected his typing. “I crafted a brace that used a rubber band to lift my right ring finger, thus allowing me to pull it down onto a key,” Reznick said. That…

World View introduces North Carolina educators to Ecuador

Antonio Wilkins, principal of Magnolia Elementary in Lumberton, North Carolina, has deep roots in Robeson County. He grew up in nearby Pembroke, a town of around 3,000 and seat of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, of which he is a member, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of North Carolina…

‘Step up to the future’

It is again time, Governor Pat McCrory said, for North Carolina voters to “step up to the future” by approving the $2 billion Connect NC bond on March 15. During the past century, North Carolina voters have said yes to the future again and again – including a $40 million highway bill called for by…

Pioneering efforts

Investigators at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State are pioneering efforts in the new field of pharmacoengineering – the marriage of pharmaceutical science with state-of-the-art engineering. Collaborative, practical, industry-focused research is yielding smart products engineered to deliver drugs to precise points in the human body – holding promise for treating diseases, like brain cancer, that have…

Students learn to ‘BeAM’ in telescope-building class

To see the stars, sometimes you have start in the basement. About 20 students with majors including biology, Russian languages and studio art recently came together to build a telescope in the new makerspace in the basement of Hanes Art Center. The Maker-in-Residence Program, part of UNC’s Be a Maker (BeAM) initiative, invites experts to lead a…